Belkin 8-in-1 USB Media Reader Review
readers are solid state devices which enable you to read or write data to and
from flash storage media. In this case, the flash media can include Sony Memory sticks, Compact Flash, SmartMedia, MultiMediaCard and SD Flash. These
four types of flash storage media form the basis for countless Digital cameras, PDA's, MP3 players and
If you have a digital
camera, you know that it can sometimes be a bit unproductive to go searching for the
USB cable and hook up the camera to a notebook, or desktop each time you want
to download some pictures. The same goes for really any device which comes with
removable flash memory, and this is where the Belkin 8-in-1 USB Media reader comes in
really handy. Plug it in once, no drivers necessary, and all your flash memory
needs are solved an one location.
The 8-in-1 Reader/Writer
connects to any computer, or USB hub on a USB1.1 spec 12Mbps data transfer
rate. The unit draws
all power from the USB cable, and if you are running WinXP or
Win2000 you shouldn't need to even crack the plastic sealing on the driver CD (it is
also MAC compatible).
When installed into the computer, the Belkin F5U148
shows up as two new Removable Disks, and effortlessly allows you to manage data
as if the flash media in the port was a standard hard drive.
newbies out there who are still a little fuzzy,
the Belkin 8-in-1 Media Reader/Writer is a port which allows you to insert
your own flash storage media and access the data. The unit does not come with
any flash storage media of itself, and does not have the capability to store any
information by itself - think of it like a flashmedia 'floppy drive'.
|Belkin F5U148 8-in-1
Ships with the following:
itself is quite small, measuring perhaps
10x3x8cm so it doesn't require very much desk space at all. Best
of all, while there are plenty of single bay media readers on the market, this little guy does everything in one go (up to two types at once). It really is indispensible if you have an MP3 player or digital camera
which uses removable flash media.
Technically, the unit only supports four physically
different types of flash media, but when you throw in different revisions the
following list sprouts up; SmartMedia, Memory Stick, MagicGate Memory Stick,
CompactFlash I & II, MultiMediaCard, Secure Digital, IBM Microdrive. We've
been using the Belkin flash media reader here in the lab for a few weeks and
so far it's been pretty popular. I'd recommend anyone with a group of
devices using flash media to consider a flash media reader
like this - it just makes life so much